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Covid protocols bring basketball seasons to end


Last updated 5/1/2021 at 3:45pm

Kevin Wilson

Clovis guard Allyson Thomas drives the baseline in the second half of Tuesday's District 4-5A game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Thomas scored five points on the night, but Hobbs took a 73-31 victory.

CLOVIS - The basketball season came to an early end this week for Clovis High's squads.

Scheduled to host Roswell High in their District 4-5A and regular-season finale on Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym, the CHS boys had to cancel the contest after one of their players tested positive for COVID-19 after the game.

The Wildcats ended the abbreviated season with a 5-6 record, including 1-4 in district play.

Meantime, the CHS-Roswell High girls game was canceled as well on Friday morning after the Lady Coyotes team had come in contact with a covid-positive person earlier in the week, CHS athletic director Lonnie Baca said. The Lady Wildcats also finished their season at 5-6 (1-4).

In Tuesday's games:

Hobbs 95, Clovis boys 61 - The Cats got off to a decent start, leading 16-12 at the quarter and trailing by just six points at halftime.

Then the roof fell in. Hobbs (7-3, 3-3), which started the Cats on their late-season downfall with a last-second 53-51 win at The Rock on April 16, erupted for 61 second-half points to run away with the contest.

Six-foot-6 junior post Aaron Mora led four Eagles in double figures with 24 points, while senior guard Isaiah Lewis had 21.

Clovis boys coach Jaden Isler was encouraged by the strong start.

"The tempo was a little bit more in our favor," he said of the opening stanza. "We made them take some tough shots. The second half, I think we got a little tired.

"Offensive rebounds (by Hobbs) and turnovers were the biggest issues we had."

Sophomore guard Bryson Goldsmith finished with 17 points for the Cats, while senior guard Dominick Brown added a personal-best 14 points. Goldsmith was playing through a wrist injury suffered the previous week.

Hobbs 73, Clovis girls 31 - The Lady Cats played a fairly decent first half at The Rock, but they just couldn't keep the top-ranked Lady Eagles in check after that.

"We competed for a half as best we could," CHS girls coach Jeff Reed said. "Our problem is scoring, and they're just so athletic."

It was actually 2-2 midway through the opening segment before the Lady Eagles, who finished a perfect regular season by beating Carlsbad on Friday, built an 11-4 lead by period's end. It was 26-12 at halftime.

"I was proud of our girls," Reed said. "We competed for about a half. We made some adjustments from the first time we played."

Sophomore guard Wisdom Anthony, who went off for six 3-pointers - four in the first quarter - and 24 points in the teams' earlier matchup at Hobbs, managed one 3 and 11 points in this one.

But she had plenty of help. Nine players scored for the Lady Eagles (11-0, 6-0), with senior Elise Turrubiates putting in 20 points and eighth-grader Brynn Hargrove adding 12.

Senior post Hanna Nussbaumer led the Lady Cats with nine points.

"At the end of the day, Hobbs is just good," Reed said. "You have to give credit where credit is due."


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